Head Injuries and Concussions!
Host: Dr Bones & Nurse Amy “Survival Medicine Hour”
In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones of doomandbloom.net, goes solo for the first time as the lovely Nurse Amy is visiting her daughter in Chicago for Mother’s Day. Join Dr. Bones and T. D. Bird, the African Gray Parrot (T. D. stands for “That Darn”) as he discusses head injuries and some new research on concussions, the open wound, and issues related to gastric reflux. Also, the FDA does an about-face regarding whether to use aspirin as primary prevention for heart attack.
When the medically-responsible person evaluates a wound, the following question must be asked: What am I trying
to accomplish by stitching this wound closed? Your goals when performing wound closure are simple. You close wounds to:
Repair the defect in the body’s armor
Eliminate “dead space” that can lead to infection
Provide a pleasing cosmetic result (less scarring).
Sounds like every wound should be closed, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that. Closing a wound that should be left open can do a lot more harm than good, and could possibly put your patient’s life at risk.
Although a daily low dose of aspirin has been shown to be effective in preventing a re-occurrence of a heart attack or stroke, the FDA is now warning people who have not had a first heart attack or stroke that taking an aspirin every day may not have a benefit. In fact, doing so may actually cause serious side effects.
Suffering a concussion can be a different experience for everyone – and now, new imaging research has revealed that the recovery process may actually be more difficult for one gender than the other. Dr. Bones talks about head injuries in general and the new research.
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